Drawing on Film

Sat Jul 13 2019 at 11:00 am to 01:00 pm
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, United Kingdom

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A unique introduction to 16mm film, this hands-on workshop explores film’s plastic materiality and explains the techniques of analogue moving image. Attendees will learn about how 16mm film and projectors work, with a chance to handle film and draw on its surface to create unique effects.

Once you start to touch and become engaged in the surface of film, its material and projected images come alive, creating a direct relationship between your own hand and the film’s material. By drawing and scratching into the emulsion surface of celluloid film, this class explores the basic techniques of animation and the optics of moving image, including composition through time, tempo and abstraction. Students will also learn basic 16mm technologies such as how to use a splicer and a 16mm projector.

Don’t miss this chance to explore one of plastic’s early and prolific uses, as well as learn about traditional film techniques.  

Tickets £3/5 (concession rate applies to under 18s, students, over 65s and Bow Arts artists)

This workshop is open to all ages, though may not be suitable for very young children.


Bea Haut is an artist who works mainly with16mm film her work alludes to perceptions of inter-related moments, spaces, and actions in between. Regarding the mutating dialogue between the self and her surroundings, the artist also uses the stuff of the everyday as material and subject of these works. During the 90s she worked with Loophole Cinema, and recently has been producing Analogue Recurring, a 16mm screening event in London. She is a co-founder of Film in Process which is an artist-run service for B&W 16mm process and print in the UK. Her films have been shown internationally in festivals such as Media City Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Alchemy and at venues such as the Museum of Moving Images, New York, the ICA, London, and as part of Visions in the Nunnery at the Nunnery Gallery.


Raw Materials explores the forgotten industrial history of plastic in east London around the River Lea. The exhibition reveals the story of east London's central role in the invention and early development of plastics, showcasing some of the very first plastic objects alongside newly commissioned artwork which tell the story of this material’s remarkable journey. Read more about the exhibition here.

Raw Materials: Plastics has been made possible through the generous support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the project’s academic partner UCL.
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